17 Oct 2009 – Amazon

The autobiography of the amazingly prolific writer (and editor) on language matters.  I’ve liked Crystal’s books for a long time and was thrilled to see he had an autobiography out.  This was just as I’d hoped it would be – witty, self-deprecating, not sparing himself at all (there are some very painful passages to do with his family) and with really good explanations of why he took to linguistics, how he was prepared for a career in the subject by both nature and nurture, and of the day to day preparation of books, editorial, journals etc.  He did a lot of work with speech and language therapy which is fascinating to read about, and this is a good example of a book that is both informative and entertaining, just like the others of his works that I’ve read.